Black Dogs

by Ian McEwan

Knopf Canada | July 20, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Black Dogs is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Black Dogs is the intimate story of the crumbling of Bernard and June Tremaine’s marriage, as witnessed by their son-in-law, Jeremy, who seeks to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences that seem irreconcilable. In writing June’s memoirs, Jeremy is led back to a moment, that was, for June, as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy’s own time. Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civilization’s darkest moods — its black dogs — with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.


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Published: July 20, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0307367002

ISBN - 13: 9780307367006

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Civilization's darkest moods Between putting reading a few novels for school, Ian McEwan's Black Dogs has been sitting on my shelf, and needing a quick read between assignments I voraciously read it over a weekend. A short novel (150 pages), but large in scope and a novel that will no doubt leave a lasting impression on me. Black Dogs focuses on Bernard and June Tremaine, two formerly jocund lovers but their opinions of each other turn to disdain quickly over some important ideological differences: Bernard's obsession with communism and his atheist beliefs; June's hatred of communism and her new found spirituality -- a result of her "black dogs" incident in the rugged hillside of rural France. I have to say I loved this novel. It is for the most part brilliantly written -- a few awkward sentences I found scattered throughout, however -- and McEwan offers an equivocal look at religion versus politics, "deep" meaning versus the coincidental, the need for ideology or a repugnance for it. McEwan gives no answers; the book reads like a debate. Great, great novel.
Date published: 2010-10-05

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Black Dogs

by Ian McEwan

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 20, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307367002

ISBN - 13: 9780307367006

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Set in late 1980s Europe at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Black Dogs is the intimate story of the crumbling of Bernard and June Tremaine’s marriage, as witnessed by their son-in-law, Jeremy, who seeks to comprehend how their deep love could be defeated by ideological differences that seem irreconcilable. In writing June’s memoirs, Jeremy is led back to a moment, that was, for June, as devastating and irreversible in its consequences as the changes sweeping Europe in Jeremy’s own time. Ian McEwan weaves the sinister reality of civilization’s darkest moods — its black dogs — with the tensions that both create love and destroy it.


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